Thursday, September 28, 2006

Il était Une Fois


Went to the Disney expo at the Grand Palais last night & was blown away! Hundreds of pieces of original art- Mary Blair paintings, Eyvind Earle backgrounds, Heinrich Kley drawings (some in colour), sculptures, models, projections. There's a mini exhibition within the main show just on Destino. The short was projected with Dali's original sketches surrounding it.




The selection of pieces on display is very well chosen & laid out, leading from the early days with original Ub Iwerks drawing through the influence of European cinema on the early films of the Golden Age up to Alice In Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty & the Jungle Book. A breathtaking, enlightening & inspiring exhibition.And the catalogue is GORGEOUS!!
Pierre Lambert's new book L'Age D'Or was also onsale in the museum shop - it's one of the most lavish books yet published on the artwork of the Disney canon.
It was released to coincide with the exhibition & similarly focuses on the films made while Walt was alive - Snow White to the Jungle Book.

7 comments:

Piotr said...

you're so lucky to have gone! that would have been something neat to see

Boris Hiestand said...

it seems that great exhibitions follow YOU around instead of the other way around!
When in Munich I was so jealous of all the places you went to in London. Now I'm here, and I should be in paris!!! GHAAAA!!!

Brian Sibley said...

Another incentive to go to Paris... I was talking recently to my friend Robin Allan - author DISNEY IN EUROPE (and a major inspiration for the exhibition - who was there for the opening...

Every time I see Mary Blair's colour designs for CINDERELLA, ALICE and PETER PAN, I think what an extraordinary influence that woman had on '50s Disney animation...

Matt J said...

Boris- Paris is just insanely good for art shows - it's something I'll miss when I move south.

Just this morning I popped into a fantastic FREE show at the Hotel De Ville on French cartoonist Cabu - he makes great sketches on the streets of Paris & they have a film on hiom & his sketchbooks on display.

Brian- this show does not disappoint - it's truly excellent. To see Mary Blair paintings in the flesh is an education - the colours are so much more vibrant than any reproduction & you can really start to see HOW she painted.

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SteveLambe said...

Wow...that must be amazing to see in person. Any chance they're still selling some of those catalogues, Matt? I'd love to order one.

Boris Hiestand said...

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